20 Feb MUDROOM ENVY
One of the best compliments that you can receive as a designer is a returning customer. When my client asked me to redesign her laundry room and mudroom in her basement, I was ecstatic! I had just completed the renovation of her master bathroom the year before and was eager to continue to make her house into a home that reflected her personal style.
Here’s what I had to work with:
This room was basically a place for overflow. Extra clothes, furniture and things that didn’t have a place ended up here. Additional features that hurt this room were as follows: Dirty, bland carpet, dated wood paneling and NO lighting!
Oh yeah and then there was this: an outlet in the ceiling 😐
A view into the unfinished laundry room.
In many cases, the laundry room is most often the last place to get renovated, if at all. But think about it, you do laundry every week and you spend a good amount of time doing it. Having a clean and organized space can really change the idea of laundry and its “tediousness”.
After the initial design consult with my client, her needs came down to a few things.
LAUNDRY ROOM NEEDS
- Storage, storage and more storage for the laundry room
- A separate storage area (a closet) for the water heater and internet wires
- Surface areas to fold laundry
- Deep, utility sink for washing outdoor items
- Lighting – The mudroom is connected to the garage and is a primary entrance into the home.
- A place to put shoes, mail, keys, coats
- A warm, pretty aesthetic that welcomes you into the house
- A work space to pay bills, file letters, etc.
To create a functional and efficient layout for the laundry room, I reconfigured the floor plan, added new cabinetry, counter tops and paint.
A quick sketch of the new laundry room floor plan
We demo’d all of the carpet in the entire basement and replaced it with a beautiful, hand scraped laminate. I love this product because it’s affordable, beautiful and perfect for basements. You don’t have to worry about moisture problems and it cleans up incredibly well. My client has a dog, so easy clean up was important to her.
Handscraped laminate flooring
We installed bright, white bead board in the mud room and added functional and soft accessories to give warmth to the space. The green paint (Behr Paint – Billiard Green – M420-7 ) is one of my most favorite paint colors that I’ve used. It’s vibrant but subtle and not overwhelming. It adds punch in a sophisticated way.
Laundry Room – Before (exposed walls and ceilings and general chaos)
Laundry Room – After (tons of storage and counter top space)
Entrance from the Garage – Before Entrance from the Garage – After
Work space – Before Work space – After
Details of the room
This was such a fun project because not only did I create a beautiful space, but it is now functional and efficient making the day to day grind easier for my client. Moral of the story? Invest in your home and you’ll never regret it.